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Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Create a Great Looking Emblem


Designing a new emblem? It’s easy !
Starting at point zero can seem daunting, but designing a new emblem is easy. Don’t worry if you’re not a Picasso,any rough sketch will do.

View our gallery to see what you like— Was it the lettering style or size? The shape? The colors or layout of the details? Then start sketching.

FAQ    –     Design Hints & Tricks



  1. Can I use any shape I want?
  2. Why do different patches have
    different borders?
  3. What colors can I use?
  4. How many colors can I use in my patch?
  5. What size lettering should I use
    on my patch?
  6. Can I use the same style fonts on my patch as in a typical word document?
  7. Can I just send a very rough sketch
    with my quote request?
  8. What is the minimum quantity?
  9. How long does it take to make a custom patch?

Can I use any shape I want?
Yes, you can use any shape you like.  View our most popular shapes -- or draw your own. Turn any-which-way.


Why do different patches have different borders?
A merrowed, overlock border is the preferred border as it is strong, stylistic, and prevents fraying.   A merrowed border will automatically be used on emblems WITHOUT sharp indentations or difficult cuts.

More Info:  When sharp indentations do not allow for a merrowed border, we'll “steil stitch” the border and “laser cut” or "hot knife" the edge to avoid fraying.

Hint:   When sketching your emblem, allow 1/8” for a merrowed border and 1/16” to 1/8” for a steil stitched border.


What colors can I use?
We have a huge selection of threads and twills so you can use almost any color you like.   Or advise the PMS numbers and we’ll send you the closest swatches with your quote.

Hint:  To make sure your lettering and details are visible, avoid light on light colors, such as light blue or yellow on a white background.  Likewise, avoid dark on dark, such as black or red on royal blue.   Contrasting colors, like gold on navy, will help your organization’s name stand out.


How many colors can I use in my patch?
You can use as many colors as you like, with up to 7 thread colors at no extra charge.   (Add 10¢ per color for each color over 7.)   We also have specialty threads and backgrounds available for an extra charge:

  

Threads:

Metallic, florescent, glow in the dark, and colors that change in the light.

  

Background material:

Reflective (3M & MICROLITE)


What size lettering should I use on my patch?
Your emblem’s main lettering should be large and bold enough to convey your desired emphasis.

Hint:  For main lettering, we suggest:  

 

3” Patch = 1/4” to 5/16”;    4” Patch = 5/16” to 7/16”;    5” Patch = 3/8” to 1/2”; 

 - Embroidered lettering looks best if 1/4" or taller.
   - 3/16" letters are also clear, but not as clean as 1/4" letters.
   - Our digitizers and equipment can embroider clean 1/8" lettering (depending upon width available,) but 3/16" is recommended.

   - Lettering smaller than 1/8" will be representational only, not legible.  For sharp lettering 1/8 and smaller, ask us about combining print and woven embroidery with emblem technology.


Can I use the same style fonts on my patch as in a typical word document?
Yes, we can embroider any font styles.  Bold is recommended for clean, sharp, steil stitching.

Block style letters are best, though script and 'serif' fonts are fine depending upon size. 

Hint:  Lettering usually looks best if it follows the curve of the border.

Hint:  For close approximation of the thickness of embroidered lettering, use a thick 'marker' for main lettering and a thin 'marker' for smaller letters.   If a ball-point pen is needed to fit the lettering, consider abbreviating for sharper embroidery (County > Co., etc.)

More info:  Avoid outlining letters with another color, which looks good in printing, but may not turn out as expected in embroidery.    Examples


Can I just send a very rough sketch with my quote request?
Absolutely.   Don’t worry if you’re not a Picasso, any rough sketch will do.   (Rest assured, we've seen worse!)


Where can I find pictures to use in my design?
View our Design Gallery, cut and paste any design from any magazine or catalog, or draw a representational image and tell us what it is.  We have an extensive library of state seals, animals, guns, pike poles, and much more, so anything you provide will be fine.


What is the minimum quantity?
Stock emblems: You can order as few as 1 of any stock item. A $5 service charge is added if total order is under $50.

Custom emblems:  The minimum quantity for 10” and larger emblems is only 15.  For under 10”, the minimum is only 30 emblems.


How long does it take to make a custom patch?
Please allow 21 to 28 days, depending upon the season.  (We will advise when quoting.)

Need your emblems sooner?  Ask about our 8, 11 and 15 day rush programs.

Please tell us now if your emblems are needed
for a specific event and date.

 

Questions?  Give us a call - 1.800.444.5561
We look forward to seeing your design.

Thank you,
Emblem Enterprises, Inc.

 

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